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'I want justice for my daughter': Family grieving after the body of a 26-year-old woman found on I-77

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Posted at 8:43 AM, Mar 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-22 16:03:38-04

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland mother has shared her grief in the hopes someone will come forward with details about the murder of her 26-year-daughter Darnesha Johnson who was shot multiple times before her body was dumped on the I-77.

“My daughter was found. Her body was found on the freeway. I want justice for my daughter,” said Cynthia Austin, Johnson’s mother.

Multiple 911 calls early Saturday led Cleveland police to the discovery of Johnson’s body on the freeway near the Woodland Avenue and East 30th Street exit just after midnight.

Police said she had multiple gunshot wounds to her head and neck.

“I didn't even get a chance to tell my baby goodbye,” said Austin.

Johnson’s family is overcome with grief and disturbed by the way her life was cut short.

“What we are concerned about is how she was shot multiple times and pushed out on the freeway like she was some type of piece of trash,” said Anthony Johnson, a relative.

Johnson leaves behind a son and a family torn apart left to grieve her violent death.

“She was a beautiful person. She never harmed anybody,” Austin said.

Police said a warrant has been issued but no arrests have been made in the case, Austin hopes whoever is responsible comes forward and turns themselves in to law enforcement.

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